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for programs monitoring our allies to stop but new complaints allege the nsa also tapped international private citizens. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from washington. good morning. we're hearing there are calls for a major review? >> reporter: exactly. the president says he wants to get to the bottom of this 60 million people tapped in spain. world leaders, almost three dozen of them including germany's angela merkel and the germans are really upset about this. they are calling for an investigation. there are eu representatives here in washington asking questions about why the united states would be tapping phones of friendly countries of its allies particularly in europe. germany say it's illegal and they want to know more about what's happening. president obama says that even though the white house said he didn't know about it until recently but the president says the buck stops with him and he wants to know what's going on and specifically who we've been spying on. now we may get some answers on that today. the house against committee hears from intelligence officials. diane feinstein s
is a good thing. i want to also ask you about the nsa and the concerns about the nsa becoming a rogue agency. reports today from "the washington post" denied by keith alexander just now, apparently, that the nsa, that our spies are actually unknowingly going into google and yahoo! centers and retrieving data. where does it end? >> well, i have grave concerns about this, andrea. there was a report that i saw that the taps of the phone may have even tapped the pope's phone. we've got to get to the bottom of this. i'll tell you, i have a suspicion about one of the things that's at the root of this. and it is the fact that the authorization for the use of military force passed one week after 9/11 is so broad and open-ended. as you know, the language in that authorization authorized the president to take action against those who committed the 9/11 attacks or their affiliates. that language, or their affiliates, without any limitation in time or geography, has led to a whole series of programs that i think are too open ended. one of the things that i want to explore as we look at correcting these
agencies like the nsa from hacking into their data centers. a letter sent to senate leaders thursday, facebook, google, apple, yahoo! microsoft and aol all demanding greater transparency in surveillance programs and asking lawmakers to pass reforms that could give greater protection to privacy with more oversight and catable. >> maliki will meet with president obama and asking for help from a wave of terrorism sweeping across his country and 7,000 iraqi citizens killed so far this year. he wants apache helicopters and better access to u.s. intelligence warning if terrorists succeed in destabilizing iraq, it will be a disaster, he says for the world. >>> cnn has learned cia security officers will now testify behind closed doors. at a house hearing on benghazi, they are expected to provide greater details about the terror attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and others last year. they have been trying to get access to the security officers. they will appear before law makes the week of november 11th. >>> the israel government refusing to confirm whether they attacked a facility
.s. as spying on german leaders and that the white house ordered the nsa to stop some of the monitoring after it was discovered this summer. a german tabloid claims the president knew back in 2010 that the nsa was tapping merkel's phone and allowed it to continue. it came out after edward snowden said the u.s. has spied on world leaders. what president obama spoke to chancellor merkel when the two spoke about the spying. >> the president said we're not going to do this going forward. >> but it may have been done in the past. >> we don't want to get into the business of inventorying everything we've done in the past but what we're looking at is how can we both make necessary reforms in how we gather intelligence and how can we be more transparent about what we're doing with our allies and the public. >> joining me now ambassador mark ginsburg. it's great to have you here. the white house finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place. now they have to come out and ask for forgiveness as opposed to permission, because they never would have gotten permission to do this. but this is not unhe
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the irs, nsa, obama care. >> it's not okay that it wasn't known. >> or the commander in chief of the united states. >> it may not be a good look, but i think this is a missed opportunity, right? the vast majority of the people who are not -- who buy their insurance on the individual marketplace are single. those are -- that's a democratic voting bloc, right? almost half of them are below 40 years old. the youngest group is the voting brock. you could have said that and be talk together people who are generally on your side, anyway. so you could have said this and taken away this republican talking point that says -- i'm speaking for the american people. but they're not speaking for the american people. they're speaking for people that are not really affected by this. >> john, the administration says they knew about this, right? >> reporter: well, the administration was told about this. the administration was told about this as the regulations were being written. a from the outside from the insurance industry. b, from the inside from some of their own people. then the question
to end the nsa program of collecting phone data. they're supporting a bill by james sensenbrenner that would limit the scope of what the government can collect and how long it can keep it. by the way sensenbrenner also wrote the patriot agent. at the same time the tech giants are developing technology to protect user information.cgent. at the same time the tech giants are developing technology to protect user information.ent. at the same time the tech giants are developing technology to protect user information.nt. at the same time the tech giants are developing technology to protect user information.t. at the same time the tech giants are developing technology to protect user information. senator rand paul even speculates the nsa could potentially tap president obama's phone. and in russia, nsa leaker edward snowden appears to have a new job working for a website. his attorney says snowden starts later this month, but did not name the company. some have speculated it could be russia's answer to facebook which publicly offered him a job earlier this year. >>> mark halperin and joh
for you today. we'll start with nsa spying and uproar it caused in europe especially. germany's former defense minister will explain what is going on there. and then the former nsa director will help us understand what america's spies are really doing around the world. also, michael bloomberg called the mayor of the world. with the election of his successor on hand, what lessons does bloomberg have to share with us? one of them, cities need rich people. he'll explain. >>> and the latest weapon against bad guys. it's not a newfangled drone or bunker buster bomb. it's simply brett me to. i'll explain. >>> first, revelations about the national security agency and spying on foreign allied leaders has been embarrassing for the obama administration at a time when it hardly needs more bad news. is it more than an embarrassment? should it raise alarms abroad and at home? at first glance this is a story that is less about ethics and more about power. the great power gap between the united states and other countries, even rich european ones. the most illuminating response came from the former fo
spying on its closest friends. more questions about which world leaders are targeted by the nsa, and why the president claims he knew nothing about it. >>> plus a massive man hunt under wray tonight. prisoners off the run after taking an unusual escape route. >>> let's go out front. >>> and good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. out front tonight. breaking news under pressure. the obama administration has just authorized the release of more details about the american government's collection of telephone data. the director of national intelligence, james clapper just said this in a statement. their declassification is not done lightly. i have determined, however, that the harm to national security from the release of these documents is outweighed by the public interest. now clapper and other officials are all going to be testifying in detail about this program on capitol hill tomorrow. the white house, though, so far has begged ignorance. but what exactly is the president's role? here's what we know. now hear me out here. a u.s. official tells cnn tonight that president obama was brief
what you get into it. it's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. with the nsa spy game, that somebody may be america. thanks edward snowden. we spin on that. on monday, all music all hour long lou reed, "take a walk on the wild side." ♪ [ female announcer ] who are we? we are the thinkers. the job jugglers. the up all-nighters. and the ones who turn ideas into action. we've made our passions our life's work. we strive for the moments where we can say, "i did it!" ♪ we are entrepreneurs who started it all... with a signature. legalzoom has helped start over 1 million businesses, turning dreamers into business owners. and we're here to help start yours. >>> everybody is to leave here immediately. this is closed until further notice. clear the room at once. >> how can he close me up? on what ground? >> i'm shocked to find out gambling is going on in here. >> thank you, very much. >> shocked, shocked, i say. you mean to tell me the national security agency had the power to spy on whomever they pleased and may have taken advantage of that power? >> you can bet nsa survei
from certainly obama care and the economy to nsa and other topics that i think are going to be foremost on americans' minds when they go to the ballot box in the fall of 2014. >> if this were october 2014 and not october 2013, how nervous would you be? >> look, i'm always nervous going into an election and i usually come out of it pretty strong, but i never take any of them for granted. we have to do our job. we know we're up against the campaigner in chief in speaker pelosi who wants to be back as speaker. we're doing our job. we have terrific recruit, a broad group of men and women from all over the country that really i think are going to be a new face for the republican party going forward and they're going to be very effective. 17 of our 20 patron, you mentioned some of our incumbents being challenged, outrace their democrat counterparts and we have candidates around the country who are running against democrats who have outraised their democrats. you talk about primaries, you look at gary miller, you mentioned gary, aguilar that ran last time didn't make it on the ballot in califo
.s. spying on spain, nsa eavesdropping on german leader angela merkel's cell phone. for more than a decade, the white house claims, without president obama's knowledge. >>> u.s. ambassador to spain called on the carpet in madrid. today on capitol hill european union officials demanded answers from chairman of the house intelligence committee. >> i think confidence is damaged. we've identified some questions. therefore, we are -- have to work hard that confidence is established. >> what does this all mean for president obama's relationships with world leaders going forward. on six minute top cia officials talks about the fallout from the edward snowden leaks. >> this is the most serious leak, most serious compromise in the u.s. intelligence committee. >> because of the amount of it and the type. >> the amount and the type. >> website reboot. secretary of hhs kathleen sebelius faces questions on capitol hill wednesday after healthcare.gov went down over the weekend adding fuel to the criticism and more fodder for snl. >> i have a number of friendly tips to help you deal with those problems.
dick cheney know more about what's going on at the nsa than president obama? i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >> nobody asked that question before. >>> the national lead. my sit-down with dick cheney, from torture to the debt to what heaven might look like and what about reports that the u.s. started eavesdropping on allies during the bush/cheney administration? i'll ask the former veep why spy on our friends? >>> plus -- >> i really believe the republican party is in trouble. >> the politics lead. cheney refusing to shy away from the problems ailing his beloved gop but there is one up and coming senate candidate who has his unwavering support. his daughter, liz. >>> and in our national lead, breaking just moments ago, remember when a texas lawmaker filibustered a strict new abortion law only to have the legislature pass it anyway in a special session? well, a u.s. district judge just threw that law out. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in the national lead, we begin by asking of the president those two questions that always seem to go han
and that starts right now. >>> the nsa phone tapping scandal deepens and what the president knew about the operation. also tonight, a year after sandy, people who need help rebuilding say they are being left high and dry. >>> later look out for these two, they stepped into the shower and climbed out of jail. we'll update you on the escape and manhunt. >>> first up the spying scandal and the obama care mess. on many occasions and many subjects the president has tried to project an image of hands on leadership and personal accountability. >> the buck will stop with me. >> the buck stops with me. >> the buck stops with me. >> i'm the president. and the buck stops with me. >> the buck stops with me. >> ultimately the buck stops with me. >> tonight, though, where precisely the buck stops is somewhat less than clear. when it comes to the nsa phone spying on angela merkel and other world leaders, the president claims not to have known about it until last summer. another official tells us he was briefed on the details of what the nsa was doing. and late today, dianne feinstein weighed in with
. outfront, coming out swinging. finally someone in the administration defends the nsa spying a allies, including world leader's cell phones. the director of national intelligence james clapper and the chief of the nsa, keith alexander, testified before congress and their defense was clear and aggressive. >> do you believe that the allies have conducted or at any time, any type of espionage activity against the united states of america, our intelligence services, our leaders or otherwise? >> absolutely. >> there has not been a mass casualty in the u.s. since 2001. that's not by luck. they continue to tray. it is the great members in the intelligence community, our military, our law enforcement that have stood up and said, this is our job. >> defending themselves with passion and conviction which up to this point we hadn't seen much of in material of defense. jim shuuto watching today. what were the revelations at the hearing? >> you got the sense that they were just waiting to have the chance to push back like this. and they pushed back very strong. first on spying. both clapper and al
cooper and that starts right now. >>> the nsa phone tapping scandal deepens and what the president knew about the operation. also tonight, a year after sandy, people who need help rebuilding say they are being left high and dry. >>> later look out for these two, they stepped into the shower and climbed out of jail. we'll update you on the escape and manhunt. >>> first up the spying scandal and the obama care mess. on many occasions and many subjects the president has tried to project an image of hands on leadership and personal accountability. >> the buck will stop with me. >> the buck stops with me. >> the buck stops with me. >> i'm the president. and the buck stops with me. >> the buck stops with me. >> ultimately the buck stops with me. >> tonight, though, where precisely the buck stops is somewhat less than clear. when it comes to the nsa phone spying on angela merkel and other world leaders, the president claims not to have known about it until last summer. another official tells us he was briefed on the details of what the nsa was doing. and late today, dianne feinstein weighed in
. great to have you with us. thanks, congresswoman. >> thank you, lou. >>> up next, the nsa witapping program allegedly spreading from 35 world leaders to the fellow in the center, one of the world's most respected spiritual voices. the obama administration trying to block as well further investigation of benghazi. we'll tell you how next. stay with us. as a business owner, i'm constantly putting out fires. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cascard from capital one, i get 2% cash back on ery purchase, every day. i break my back around here. finally soone's recognizing me with unlimited rewards! meetings start at 11, cindy. [ male announcer get the ark business card from capital one. choose 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every d. what's in your wallet? i need your timesheets, larry! what's in your wallet? help the gulf when we made recover and learn the gulf, bp from what happened so we could be a better, safer energy company. i can tell you - safety is at the heart of everything we do. we've added cutting-edge technology, l
. great to have you with us. thanks, congresswoman. >> thank you, lou. >>> up next, the nsa wiretapping program allegedly spreading from 35 world leaders to the fellow in the center, one of the world's most respected spiritual voices. the obama administration trying to block as well further investigation of benghazi. we'll tell you how next. stay with us. Ñ@ç@çpçpçpç÷ñox >>> new details are emerging about the national security agency's massive spying operation. according to "the washington post," the nsa secretly broke into the main communications links that connect yahoo! and google data centers around the world. and the italian media is reporting that the nsa spied as well on the vatican, spying on both pope benedict and pope francis. the nsa has now just issued an outright denial of the italian media reports. and unless you think the united states is alone in spying efforts, the russians are trying to keep up with us. russian operatives reportedly handing out goody bag to world leaders who were attending september's g-20 summit meeting. it turns out the russians were givi
to the nsa spying scandal. the president ordering a full review of intelligence operations, specifically where foreign leaders are concerned. let's bring in jim sciutto who's following developments live in washington. >> reporter: the white house taking a hard look at the benefits and costs of this surveillance. this is part of a review that began this summer, the same review which is how the white house said the president first learn of spying on foreign leaders. administration officials saying the president did not know she was a target and would not know specific targets but another u.s. official telling cnn that he would have had to know about the framework of such surveillance programs including the country's target. still very hard questions for the administration to answer here. the president obama would not confirm the nsa was spying on the phone calls of u.s. al lies, like germany's chancellor angela america. but in an interview with fusion, he both defended -- >> the national security operations in generally have one person and that is to make sure that the american people are
share some later. >>> meanwhile our top enteleigence officials another scandal emerges on the nsa over the accusation we are spying on our allies and dozens of world leaders. the director and deputy director of the nsa and along with the director of national intelligence james clapper and general james cole all testifying this afternoon. law makers want to know how long it is going on and who knew about it. the white house said president obama did not know that the nsa was monitoring the phone calls. >> lou dobbes makes a good point. you wonder how much of that sebelius will talk about tomorrow? >> you wonder if they know? >> or her answer every time they badger her with a question. >>> law makers looking to the answer to so many questions of what the government knew and web site. what do the web site delays mean for the implementation of the law. >>> one year ago today a monster storm settled over the northeast affecting millions of people and the recovery and progress made since super storm sandy. >>> and bringing terrorist to justice on benghazi. we'll talk on a law makers looking f
frustration within both political parties on capitol hill over just how intrusive the nsa and federal government as a whole are into the lives of every day americans. one leading senator is introducing a bipartisan solution that could be the framework for reform. senate judiciary chairman pat leahy co-authored freedom act with republican congressman jim sensenbrenner. thanks so much for being with me this afternoon, senator. >> glad to be with you. >> you were one of the leading authors of the patriot act in 2011 now you're proposing to ban nsa from collecting bulk data among other things. can you pinpoint the moment you changed your mind about this government surveillance programs and decided these programs needed to be curbed? >> i never really changed my mind. i thought in the patriot act i pushed to make it a lot tighter than it was. i joined with conservative leader of the house dick armey to put sunset provisions in. that's one of the reasons we now have this debate because it forced the congress to review it periodically. but we've reached a point where this seemed to be if we
's the nsa spying. i'm sure you saw some of these reports that the nsa tracked 60 million calls per month. new reports showing the german chancellor angela merkel may have been targeted going all the way back to 2002. carl, are we alienating our allies? >> yes. but we've got to separate some things here. the question of why particular leaders like merkel were somehow targed rather than just part of a larger vacuum cleaning operation is inexplicable so far. we need to have some answers. why were these leaders targeted? it does not make sense. >> and did the president know about it? >> and did the president know about it is an absolutely important question to answer. at the same time, we know from what has been revealed as a result of snowden that the nsa has been doing this incredible vacuum cleaner operation now for a long time in which all these digits from communications all over the world are for good reason sifted, because the terrorist threat is real. and at the same time we need real safeguards. and what snowden has done is to show that we don't have the safeguards that we need, tha
griffin, thank you. coming up, u.s. government accused of spying on yahoo! and google and now the nsa is pushing back. plus dr. sanjay gupta was the last journalist to have an exclusive interview with kathleen sebelius. is her message about obama care better today than it was last week when he sat down with her? sanjay standing by to join us live. #%tia[ >>> new developments in the scandal over u.s. government spying. also new allegations the ns after the tapped in to yahoo! and google communications which are used by hundreds of millions of people.nd google communicati are used by hundreds of millions of people.the tapped in to yaho google communications which are used by hundreds of millions of people.apped in to yahoo! and g communications which are used by hundreds of millions of people. jim sciutto is working the story for us. the "washington post" reports the nsa infiltrated links to yahoo! and google, servers globally that the agency is using this practice to get around port approved process. you've been investigating. what have you found? >> the story in effect is that they ha
the "wall street journal report"ed he did learn this summer the nsa was bugging phones of german chancellor angela merkel and other world leaders for nearly five years. followed by a few claims of hhs sebelius obama didn't know about problems of the health care website before the launch. the white house frequently has given a variation on this theme. the question, what did obama know and when did he know it? answer not much and about a minute ago. i mean not much and about a minute ago. and so now we're hearing that from other people that he did know for five years that angela merkel and allies have been -- i mean this is bad. >> the length of time that the program has been under operation or at least the lent of time it has been published with various world leaders. if he did not know, if you choose to believe the president of the united states and i believe the president of the united states, i want to believe the president of the united states. >> some reports suggest he signed off on it. >> if he did not know why didn't he know? the larger question is do we have an out of control nation
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was incredible. let's move on to other big stories we have this morning. this one is for david ignatius. the nsa spying extends to some of the closest allies abroad. the national security agency end ad program that spied on as many as 35 world leaders after the white house order an internal review over the summer. several programs have already been shut down and others are expected to be closed at a later date. the report states president obama spent nearly five years in office in the dark, unaware of the nsa's practices overseas. officials say the targets of these programs are not typically decided by the president, but by the agency. yesterday congressman peter king defended the nsa's program saying they should be viewed as a positive thing for everyone involved. >> i think the president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive. the reality is the nsa has saved thousands of lives not just in the u.p.s. but france and germany and throughout europe. we're trying to gatherable against that helps us and helps the europeans. >> there are reports that the president did know that angela merkel's
intelligence services and not collected by the nsa. >> that could complicate the situation for several foreign leaders who have criticized the obama programs and recent disclose years about spying were meant a to shame america's top spy, it didn't work. here's nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: under fiemp frre fe moment they walked in, they were protesting about spying. but america's spy agencies were not apologizing to anyone, claiming, instead, all countries spy. >> some of this remind me of the classic movie "casablanca," my god, there is gambling going on here, it's the same kind of thing. >> do you believe the alloys have conducted at any time -- allies have conducted at any time spying on us or otherwise? >> absolutely. >> reporter: they don'ted reports of mass phone records on millions of people in spain and france. france's president and germany and more than 30 leaders in all, an invasion of privacy the u.s. has not denied. what the administration will not explain is how president obama did not know as the white house claims. >> if the president didn't know, he certainly should have
the obama care, nsa spying controversial and now this new book "double down" shows that winning campaigns aren't pretty on the inside. >> that's right, george. apparently some of the president's top aides leaked so much information to authors of this book. in the president's weekly address, no mention of obama care or veep switches. >> i want to cut through that noise and talk plainly about what we should do right now to keep growing this economy. and creating new jobs. >> reporter: just an effort to turn the page in one of his toughest weeks in his second term. who would have thought this joke on saturday night live. >> millions of americans are visiting healthcare.gov which is great news. unfortunately the site was only designed to handle six users at a time. >> reporter: would turn into an actual prediction. on friday, they revealed that only six americans were able to sign up on obama care flawed website on the first day. some unable to keep its health care plan. as the president promised over and over again. >> i said this once or twice but it bears repeating if you like your health
over nsa spying on foreign leaders. will the white house dump the program? >>> and sandy, one year later. new jersey governor chris christie answers victims who claim they are forgotten. >> but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> obviously, you're going to want to know exactly what the president knew and when he knew it. >> the white house under fire for nsa spy secrets. >> president obama saying that he was not aware until recently of spying on heads of state. >> but the "los angeles times" reports the white house signed off on the program. but the president did not know that raises serious questions. >> i've been imprisoned by allegiant airlines or over eight hours. >> passenger aboard the allegiant 1032 had to be on three different flights because of mechanical problems at oakland international airport. >> yes, ma'am. >>> the white house acknowledging there are some individual existing health care plans that do not qualify for obama care. >> what is the political fallout when the other guys committing su
-mails, listen to phone calls, et cetera, the whole nsa scandal, really, boils down to how far you go with this. i want to play you a clip from dick cheney first, before i get your reaction. >> well, the problem i have with snowden is he had access to classified information. he violated the conditions under which he got those. he is a traitor, pure and simple. and i don't think you can judge him any other way. some people want to say he is a whistle-blower, he is no whistle-blower, he has done enormous damage to the united states by talking about my methods we collect -- about methods we collect intelligence. >> what do you think about edward snowden? is he a genuine whistle-blower, a traitor, a bit of both? >> in effect, i think that -- well, a legitimate whistle-blower is one who is the curator of the information that they're distributing. i didn't feel that that was the case with manning. and i don't think that that is the case with snowden. i did feel that was the case with daniel ellsburgh. i think that we will find forgiveness in our justice system and in our hearts when somebody has call
don't abuse authorities. >> james clapper on the nsa leaks. i'm back with bill. before i get to that, bill, give me a plug for the shows you got going, parole of the palms in las vegas november 2nd and 3rd. >> thank you. >> always taking it to the people, piers. >> exactly. >> we will get to vegas? not everyone has cnn. >> let's talk about mr. clapper's views. what do you think on this debate? i feel like if edward snowden lost sean penn, he has to many can be hasn't lost me. >> any concerns? >> i don't know what's in his mind. i don't know what he's doing now. he might be in a hot tub with two russian strippers named i want to drink a lot. he's done some service, getting us to at least debate the issue and as far as stuff gone on the last week or so with the european allies being up sit, i can understand if they felt their personal cell phones were being tapped. but on the other hand, they should really climb a little bit. it's been 60, 70 years since america defended allies, especially in europe. we liberated europe twice in the last century. they never wanted to pay the premiums f
disapprove of the president's job performance matching an all-time high. the head of the embattled nsa denying a "the washington post" report that the agency jecketly broke into the overseas servers of google and yahoo. insisting all information contained from the two internet giants was legal and ordered by the courts and that it was turned over willingly. those claims not sitting too well with yahoo or google. a yahoo spokesman denies the nsa was ever given access to the e data's center and google called the nsa's actions snooping and says the company will continue beefing up encryption security to combat it. >>> iraq's prime minister is in washington this morning looking for help to combat al qaeda. al maliki will meet with president obama at the white house tomorrow and asking for weapons and training and manpower help his country counter a bloody resurgence by a terror organization. five iraqis have been killed by al qaeda attacks since april with 38 suicide bombings in the last month alone. >>> a top secret briefing in washington today on iran. secretary of state john kerry mee
obama is no longer the most powerful person in the world given the recent fallout over the nsa leaks, the debt battle, and what "forbes" predicts is an early onset lame duck presidency. the magazine dropped the president from number one to a different slot and handed it to vladimir putin. they argue the autocratic leader of a former super power is now stronger than the, quote, handcuffed commander in chief. spoiler, no word yet from the white house. i'm sure the president is just devastated. anybody buying this? >> you know, i mean, i don't want to go too crazy with this. i don't know that "forbes" gave putin the top billing for all the right reasons, but i think there is definitely something to be said for the fact that this president, through no fault of his own, because a certain grouping of the republican party have decided they would basically do whatever it takes to keep anything that he wants to have accomplished from being accomplished, i think he does lack a certain power at this point. now, that could be rectified with a strong 2014, which republicans are doing everything i
story out front, nsa leaker, edward snowden is on the defense, saying calls to the department of defense say that the leaking is justified. in a letter published in the german magazine, snowden says he is not the problem, it is the nsa. and he writes, citizens have to fight against the oppression. those who speak the truth are not committing a crime. a former cia operative, and ray mcgovern, a former cia analyst, great to have you both with us. let me start with you. snowden says the leaks are justified, fair? >> no, here is the problem, you can't work for the government and have a security clearance and wake up one day and decide to spill your guts. if we started down that road, where would it all stop? it would be the end of the nsa, the security force, the problem is he didn't have a venue where his complaints would be listened to. he couldn't take it to the senator house, he would have been ignored. and it is really the congress' fault, they need reform. >> and ray, let me ask you this, you hear bob saying if you go down this path where does it stop? it could be the end of the securi
lawmakers went head to head with congressional leaders on nsa spying. for the head of the discussion told me their discussion was frank. you had a very stern message to deliver. >> i think we had a very robust and strong message. this mass surveillance which has come through the allegations is something that is disturbing to european citizens. they feel very uneasy. they don't know why it's happening, why their strongest ally is doing it. >> reporter: and today they had more to talk about regarding spain when they collected data from 60 million phone calls in 30 days, leading to one more u.s. ambassador's summon to explain. european officials say that the surveillance in spain and france only included the metadata. but it is the spying on heads of state that is causing the greatest outrage. they say this does not mean the nsa was going rogue or operating out of bounds, but part of it is to ensure they are getting effective guidance from policymakers. it seems to me they were not getting that effective guidance because they were going ground what the president knew or appeared to have authori
by the volume of information collected by the nsa and want to know what was done with it. they'll hold meetings at the white house and the state department today. but some of these questions are going to be hard to answer as we just begin to realize how far the surveillance program reaches. >> reporter: president obama said there should be additional constrains on how the u.s. gathers intelligence. he told cable channel fusion. >> what we've seen over the last several years is their capacity to continue to develop and expand, and that's why i'm initiating now a review to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing. >> reporter: the president would not say whether or not he knew that the nsa has been monitoring german chancellor angela merkel's communications since 2002. but according to senate intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein, the president was unaware. so was her committee. in a statement released on monday, she said "it is clear to me that certain surveillance activities have been in effect for more tha
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